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General Staff should not interfere with judiciary

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The General Staff recently issued a press release about the ongoing Sledgehammer (Balyoz) coup plan trial, underlining that they failed to understand why the defendants are still being kept behind bars. In other words, the General Staff wants the defendants to be released.  

Our Turkish Penal Code (TCK) defines a crime called “attempting to influence a fair trial.” Article 277 of the TCK reads: “Anyone who attempts unlawfully to influence members of the judiciary by giving instructions, exerting pressure or influence for or against one or more of the parties in a trial, defendants, intervening parties or victims by any kind of means shall be punished with imprisonment from two to four years. If the attempt does not go beyond the level of recommendation the sentence shall be imprisonment from six months to two years.”

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Turkey: Journalists’ Arrests Chills Free Speech

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(Istanbul) - The arrest of nine journalists and writers on March 3, 2011, in the absence of clear reasonable cause, will have a chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch said. The nine were accused of links to the alleged "Ergenekon" coup plots against the Turkish government.

Those arrested include Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, two prominent journalists known for critical reporting on the Turkish criminal justice system and police. Şık is co-author of a book about the investigations and trials in the Ergenekon case - after the alleged name given to their organization by the conspirators. He had been working on a book about the police. Şener had written a book on the murder of Hrant Dink, a renowned journalist and human rights defender, and its investigation.

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‘Turkey’s inclusion in international justice system critical to its EU venture’

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Turkey should be included in the world’s most vital international justice system, a human rights activist and academic has said as a global network of civil society organizations from various countries picked Turkey as its “October target” to convince the country to sign the Rome Statute, the founding international treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  

Günal Kurşun, secretary-general of the Human Rights Agenda Association (HRAA) and a lecturer at Ufuk University’s faculty of law, said signing the statute is essential to Turkey’s interests.

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Stop violence against women now!

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Have you seen that photo that has turned into the symbol of violence against woman in Turkey? In this photo Ayşe Paşalı, who was killed by her ex-husband after being denied police protection last year, looks into the eyes of everyone in Turkey.  

Her face is severely swollen and there are very large and dark blue bruises under her eyes, an undeniable manifestation of savage brutality. Apparently, this photo was taken by journalists when Paşalı came to court seeking a divorce. There are other photos in which she had some wounds on her face and her ex-husband can be seen whispering something into her ear.

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The concept of “Hate Crimes”

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This presentation was made by Dr. Karsten Krupna in the second conference for combating hate crimes in Turkey entitled “The Concept of Hate Crimes, Hate Speech and Combating Hate Crimes” which was organised by Human Rights Agenda Association on 06 November 2010, in Ankara, Turkey. It was sponsored by German Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
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Hate Speech in the Media And Hate Crimes in Turkey

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 This presentation was made by Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu in the second conference for combating hate crimes entitled “The Concept of Hate Crimes, Hate Speech and Combating Hate Crimes” which was organised by Human Rights Agenda Association on 06 November 2010, in Ankara, Turkey. It was sponsored by German Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
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Turkey: ARTICLE 19 Calls on Government to Lead by Example during Committee of Ministers Chairmanship

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At the start of Turkey’s six-month Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, ARTICLE 19 urges the Turkish government to fulfil its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights by taking immediate steps to address the country’s alarming freedom of expression situation. ARTICLE 19 is particularly concerned by acts of violence against journalists, the imprisonment of journalists, severe legal restrictions on freedom of expression, internet censorship, and restrictions on the right to freedom of expression of marginalised groups.

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Human rights group pushes for hate crimes legislation

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Hakan Ataman, general project director of the Human Rights Agenda Association (HRAA)

With hate crimes increasingly a problem in Turkey, civil society groups are working to highlight the issue in order to draft legislation that will both prevent more crimes and protect its victims.

 “Unfortunately, incidents of hate crime are on the rise. They vary from religious and ethnic intolerance to intolerance of differences related to disability and gender,” said Hakan Ataman, general project director of the Human Rights Agenda Association (HRAA) in Ankara.

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ECHR convicted Turkey in the case of Hrant Dink

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The applicants are six Turkish nationals: Fırat Dink, who was known under the pen name of Hrant Dink, his wife (Rahil Dink), his brother (Hasrof Dink) and Fırat and Rahil Dink’s three children (Delal Dink, Arat Dink and Sera Dink). Fırat Dink was born in 1954 and was assassinated on 19 January 2007. The remaining applicants were born in 1959, 1957, 1978, 1979 and 1986 respectively and live in Istanbul. Fırat Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian origin, was publication director and editor-in-chief of Agos, a bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly newspaper published in Istanbul since 1996.

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U2 calls on us to remember grave human rights violations in Turkey

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In my previous article I said the 1980 coup plotters should be put on trial for the crimes against humanity they committed. As soon as the article was published, I started to doubt if we could do this in Turkey. I believe I presented strong legal arguments about why and how 1980 coup plotters should be tried for crimes against humanity. My doubts are not about my legal arguments but about the political and legal culture in Turkey.

After posting the article, I tried to visualize how it would be to try those generals for the systematic torture and manmade hell they created in 1980 in Turkey. Victims, leftists and nationalists who were tortured after the 1980 coup appeared before a criminal court one by one to tell their grievances. They recounted all these terrible memories once again, but also lived through a kind of catharsis, which was always denied to most victims in Turkey. The victims’ statements are all being carefully recorded, not only to substantiate the verdicts about generals with strong evidence but also to preserve these statements for history so that they can be known by younger generations.

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Ban Stresses Need for Tolerance and Civility Amid Increasing Polarization

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At a time of threats to burn the Koran and violent responses to that from some Muslims, the United Nations will next week convene a high-level meeting of a major international body that seeks to promote inter-cultural understanding.   

“Extremism loves a vacuum,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, announcing the convening of the Alliance of Civilizations on the margins of next week’s UN summit meeting and opening of the General Assembly’s 65th annual session. 

“The Alliance is part of our answer to polarization, stereotyping and hatred,” he told a news conference of the body launched in 2005 by Spain and Turkey under UN auspices. “The events of recent days drive home yet again the need for countervailing voices – the voices of moderation and mutual respect.”   

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